Rain or shine!
Join members of the Floating Bridge Food and Farms Cooperative for an afternoon of learning, eating, shopping, music and celebrating followed by dinner and cocktails on the lawn at nearby Ariel's Restaurant.
Consider the Goat! The market will include goat-themed demonstrations and interactive learning opportunities and the island-themed dinner will include, in addition to other Caribbean inspired dishes, spit-roasted goat, and, as a topping for ice-cream sundaes and berry crisp, goat's milk caramel.
The market will also feature a raffle and silent auction to benefit the Old Town Hall, and while you're there, be sure to check out the Brookfield Library Book Sale.
So make an day of it: Come rain or shine, eat, enjoy, meet and support your local farmers and community institutions, go for a swim in Sunset Lake, and consider the goat!
At this mid-summer market, stock your kitchen with fresh produce, pasture-raised meats (bring your cooler!), pickles, jams, jellies and of course quality sweets including caramel, honey and maple syrup and pick up other great local products such as beeswax candles, soap, and medicinal herbs. Grab lunch or a quick snack while you shop!
Shoppers are invited to stop in to purchase tickets to the raffle and to peruse the Old Town Hall Silent Auction to bid on tempting local crafts, gift certificates and seasonal gifts, many of which have been donated by members of the Cooperative. All proceeds from the raffle and silent auction will support the renovation of Brookfield's Old Town Hall. While you're there, check out the Brookfield Library Book Sale.
In addition to providing quality local food, the Floating Bridge Food and Farms Cooperative is committed to engaging people in farm-based, food centered educational opportunities. Demonstrations at the market will include:
- Meet a Goat (1 pm) courtesy of Green Mountain Girls Farm
- Goat-Milking Demo (2pm) by Green Mountain Girls Farm
- Goat's Milk Soap Making Demo (3 pm) by Brookfield Bees
Dinner tickets will be on sale at the market and everyone is encouraged to join us for cocktails and chips and salsa on the lawn after the market and before dinner.
Cocktails and Localvore Dinner 4-7 pm
The Market will be followed by an island themed Localvore Dinner on the lawn at Ariel's Restaurant (or inside in inclement weather) right between the Market and the town park. The dinner will feature fresh, locally grown, Caribbean-inspired dishes, Field Stone Farm pizza, a spit-roasted goat, and local wines and beers. Menu includes:
- Jamaican Style Pork Empanadas
- Spit-Roasted Goat
- Jerk Chicken
- Crispy Vegetable Fritters
- Caribbean Vegetable Stew
- Field Stone Farm Pizzas
- Blueberry Crisp
- Design-Your-Own Sundaes featuring Fat Toad Farm Caramel, local ice cream, and fresh seasonal berries and sauces
- and more...
So that everyone has a chance to mix-and match their meal and try everything, tickets are sold in sets of five - enough for an entree, two side dishes, and a dessert. You can also purchase single tickets for kids or to go back for seconds of your favorites. Book of 5 food tickets for $20.00, single tickets $5.00 each. Wine, beer and non alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.
Join us for cocktails, chips and fresh, local salsas from 4-5pm
Dinner will be available from 5-7pm
Tickets will be sold during the market and at the event itself.
To RSVP for dinner, please register on Eventbrite or call Ariel's at 802-276-3939.